Obed Watershed Community Association (OWCA) is a Crossville, TN-based nonprofit with the mission to protect and enhance the watersheds of the
 Obed River and its tributaries within Cumberland County, TN through community education, creating opportunities for community research and service projects, and promoting conservation, recreation, and best management practices.  It also supports activities in other nearby watersheds both within Cumberland County and surrounding counties.

     This website if full of information about the watershed with many fact sheets and education powerpoints that go into great detail about the natural resources that are here.  There are also pages devoted to the many projects and accomplishments that OWCA has achieved in its twelve year history.  Many activities, however, change frequently, so we use our Facebook page, Obed Watershed Community Association, as a way to receive information in a more immediate way than the website.  The link to our Facebook page is at the bottom of our navigation column to the left.


  • Upcoming Activities and Event Dates - 2018!
    Bird Walk at Lake Tansi Beach area
    Saturday, December 1 at 9 am
    Ed LeGrand will lead a bird walk at the Lake Tansi beach area (just past Recreation Center, 2476 Dunbar Rd).  Carpool from Common Ground (405 4th st Crossville) at 8:45 am. Ed will help us identify and teach us how to recognize bird features and calls. Bring comfy shoes, your binoculars, bird book, and a friend! If you are new to birding or don’t have binoculars, don’t worry we can share. Ed also brings his spotting scope to see waterfowl on Lake Tansi. Ed is a member of OWCA and loves to share his interest in birds in this informal bird watching outing.

    Identifying Trees in Winter
    Saturday, January 26 at  10am, Obed River Park
    Jimmy Groton will take us for a walk to identify trees in winter. The rain date is February 9 10-12 am.  Groton studied forestry as a graduate and undergraduate  and taught Dendrology in graduate school at UTK. He is an environmental scientist/ecologist expert on wetlands and streams, endangered and threatened species surveys, and environmental impact assessments. He has 39 years experience and we welcome him to show us a thing or two about identifying native plants in the winter!  Learn more about Obed River Park from http://time2meet.com/crossvilletrails/obed.  This existing trail is a two-mile-long paved walk and follows a portion of the Obed River for over half its length. In addition to viewing the labeled trees, visitors can view the Tennessee Central Railroad trestle and Harrison and Mitchell dam historic sites, as well as rock formations, foot bridges and wildlife.

    Save The Date!

    Feb. Cumberland Trail Flora and Fauna Presentation. Date TBD

    Mar. Native Plants in Your Yard Presentation. Date TBD

    Apr. 26, 27th Native Plant Sale, Community Complex - Fri 10-6 and Sat 9-5

    Oct. 5th Keep it Clean 5k

    Sign-up time for Kroger Community Rewards

    August is sign-up time for Kroger's Community Rewards program.  This is a pain-free way to support OWCA.  Kroger donates 5% of the purchases to OWCA.  This does not affect your fuel points or any other program that provides you with discounts.  To sign up you need to go to the Kroger website, go to "savings and rewards," then Kroger Community Rewards Program.  Once you sign in, related to your Kroger Card, you'll be asked which organization you want to support.  You can type in our name or use the number Kroger has assigned us -EI719

     Amazon Shopping Link

    Amazon’s program to help non-profits continues all year.  If you’re going to make purchases through Amazon, help OWCA by using the link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/72-1594762


         The OWCA Board includes Bill Morgan (President), Brian Graska (Vice President), Dennis Gregg (Treasurer), Brad Fox (Secretary), Wayne Russell, Jean Cheely, Jenna Walls, and Becky Whitney.

    OWCA sponsors are Veolia Water NA, CoLinx, Crye-Leike Realty, Manchester Tank, Silvara Stone, Clark Annis, TN Chapter Sierra Club, TN Scenic Rivers Association, Stonehaus Winery, National Parks Conservation Association, Outdoor Experience, Plateau Properties, EcoTravel Center, FirstBank, Highland Federal Savings and Loan, Roane State Community College, Lillypad Brewery, Calfkiller Brewery, Kroger, and Business Equipment Clinic. 

     OWCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization.  Tax deductible contributions can be sent to OWCA, 405 4th St. Crossville, TN 38555.  Katie Heying is the Executive Director and can be reached at 931-484-9033 or 210-3611.

    405 4th St

    Posted Nov 27, 2018, 1:05 PM by Katie Heying
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